March 14, 2002 Rep. Tom Davis to Speak at FLICC Forum on March 19

Topic Is Homeland Security: The Impact of Policy Changes on Government Information Access

Contact: John Sayers, Public Affairs (202) 707-9216 | Robin Hatziyannis, FLICC Publications and Education (202) 707-4800

Rep. Tom Davis (R-Va.), chairman of the House Government Reform Subcommittee on Technology and Procurement Policy and member of the Energy and Commerce Committee and its Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet, will join an outstanding list of speakers at the 19th Annual FLICC Forum on Federal Information Policies.

The Federal Library and Information Center Committee (FLICC) of the Library of Congress will host the all-day forum on March 19 at the Library's Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave., S.E. As the Forum's congressional keynote speaker, Davis will focus on the changes resulting from the enhanced Homeland Security on access to federal information by those both inside and outside the government.

The FLICC Forum will begin with an administration policy update including the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and the privacy and implementation of the USA Patriot Act, from Viet Dinh, Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Policy at the Department of Justice. The morning panel on agency initiatives will feature Patrice McDermott, Assistant Director, Office of Government Relations, American Library Association; Nancy Blair, Chief Librarian, U.S. Geological Survey Library, and member, U.S. Geological Survey Security Task Force; and W. Russell Newman, Policy Analyst, Technology Division, Office of Science and Technology Policy, Executive Office of the President. The panelists will review changes in agency policies and practices, such as FOIA, mail handling, privacy, public Web site management and agency physical access, which have modified the public's ability to retrieve federal information.

Following Rep. Davis's congressional keynote at 1:30 p.m., the afternoon panel will explore accomplishments in and future prospects for interagency information sharing, including what systems and standards are needed to improve security while aiding information flow among government units. Panelists June Daniels, Senior Systems Analyst, Foreign Affairs Systems Integration Program, Department of State; Kurt Molholm, Administrator, Defense Technical Information Center; and Francis Buckley, Superintendent of Documents, Government Printing Office, will also discuss techniques agencies use to back up and secure sensitive information to ensure its integrity and persistence. The closing speaker, Visiting Professor of Law at the George Washington University Law School Peter Swire, will provide his perspective on changes in privacy policy and practices since September 11, 2001.

To attend the FLICC Forum, call Anna Bohlin at (202) 707-7482.

The Federal Library and Information Center Committee fosters excellence in federal library and information services through interagency cooperation and provides guidance and direction for the Federal Library and Information Network (FEDLINK). Created in 1965 and headquartered at the Library of Congress, FLICC also makes recommendations on federal library and information policies, programs, and procedures to federal agencies and to others concerned with libraries and information centers.


PR 02-033
ISSN 0731-3527